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The symbol shows the location of the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmitter which serves 1,870,000 homes. The bright green areas shown where the signal from this transmitter is strong, dark green areas are poorer signals. Those parts shown in yellow may have interference on the same frequency from other masts.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) mast?

Sutton Coldfield transmitter - Sutton Coldfield transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 05/06/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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Which Freeview channels does the Sutton Coldfield transmitter broadcast?

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Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

 H max
C43 (650.0MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) West Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 18 others

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C46 (674.0MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Central west),

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C40+ (626.2MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
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56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

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C42 (642.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

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C45 (666.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

 H -13dB
C48 (690.0MHz)433mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 31st October 2014: 7 Big Centre TV,

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Sutton Coldfield transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 15km south-southwest (200°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 15km south-southwest (201°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

Are there any self-help relays?

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How will the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

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Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
green background for transmission frequencies
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 7 Sep 11 and 21 Sep 11.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 1000kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 200kW
com7(-10.5dB) 89.2kW
com8(-10.7dB) 86kW
LB(-20dB) 10kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-21dB) 8kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Sutton Coldfield transmitter area

Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision†
Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1981Associated TeleVision
Jan 1982-Feb 2004Central Independent Television
Feb 2004-Dec 2014ITV plc
Feb 1983-Dec 1992TV-am•
Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only. Sutton Coldfield was not an original Channel 3 VHF 405-line mast: the historical information shown is the details of the company responsible for the transmitter when it began transmitting Channel 3.

Saturday, 7 June 2014

3:02 PM

Today, I noticed that last weekend something has changed with regards to the bit rate loss that I receive from the Sutton transmitter. The bit rate loss has always been a constant 700 - 800 bits for the main BBC HD multiplex regardless of the weather etc, and 400 bit rate loss for the new Com 7 multiplex. However, starting last weekend, the bit rate loss had dropped dramatically from 800 down to max 200 bits for the main BBC HD multiplex, but the bit rate for Com 7 has never altered. I can only conclude that either the configuration is being temporary altered for test purposes, or they are going to increase the ERP, or is the ERP of the BBC HD multiplex not 200kw as we are lead to believe. I think that my problem with receiving HD is ERP related, because the COM 7 multiplex ERP is 89kw and gives me 400 bits data loss and the BBC multiplex gives me 200 bits data loss when they alter it. As soon as Monday comes around, the BBC HD multiplex reverts back to 800 bits data loss.

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Sunday, 8 June 2014
10:04 AM

Please can you please tell me where Freeview channel 804 is transmitted from as I receive BBC look east very well on that channel. RH.

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RH's 4 posts GB

10:57 AM

RH: I'm guessing that you normally receive BBC London from Crystal Palace, so it is likely that your reception of Look East is from Rouncefall, which is about 3 miles away @ 50 degrees from your location.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

12:54 PM

RH: Rouncefall was a new transmitter at switchover and improves coverage of BBC East/ITV Anglia in the south of Essex, where reception of Sudbury can be poor.

It doesn't carry all channels so you would have to continue to rely on Crystal Palace for the rest.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Tuesday, 24 June 2014
Transmitter engineering

7:32 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Off Air from 05:09 today to 06:16 today. [BBC]

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Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Transmitter engineering

4:32 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Off Air from 05:09 yesterday to 06:16 yesterday. [BBC]

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Thursday, 26 June 2014
Transmitter engineering

4:32 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Off Air from 05:09 on 24 Jun to 06:16 on 24 Jun. [BBC]

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Thursday, 3 July 2014

4:44 PM

A new channel was launched today using the new local tv multiplex. QVC EXTRA is channel 57 in the standard Freeview channel line up. It will only be a temporary channel on this multiplex till its removed along with the "pop " music channel to make way for the local tv channel CITY 8 when it finally launches on November 3rd.

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Monday, 7 July 2014
brian perry
4:21 PM

I have a freeview hd box,i am not receiving HD channels101-105 inclusive CHANNELS 106-111 working fine,is there something going on at the transmitter? I have done a full rescan and tested the box from my front room where I can receive the missing channels on my bt vision box,but again the mentioned missing channels on my freeview box are still missing.Can anyone advise? thanks.

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Dave Lindsay

6:06 PM

brian perry: What's the make and model of the box?

I've read on here that some HD receivers have issues whereby they are unable to receive more than one HD multiplex at a time.

With digital broadcasts each signal is a "multiplex" and each multiplex carries several services. So the HD multiplex that carries HD variants of BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, CBBC, ITV and Channel 4 is missing.

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